The curfew enforcement initially expired on Tuesday. In Martinique and Guadeloupe, major roadblocks block the main roads in Martinique, after an inter-union call for a general strike.
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The Prefect of Guadeloupe, Alexandre Rochatte, decided to extend the curfew from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. until Saturday, November 28, 2021 at 5 a.m. The curfew is in place throughout the department, “with the exception of the islands of Désirade, Marie-Galante and Saintes”, recalls the prefect in a press release published on Tuesday 23 November.
The Guadeloupe and Martinique are affected by a social crisis, demonstrations and a general strike against the health pass and the vaccination obligation of caregivers. If the fifth night of violence in Guadeloupe was quieter than the previous ones, according to the prefecture, it was however marked by live ammunition against the police, denounced the Interior Ministers Gérald Darmanin and from Overseas Sébastien Lecornu.
A sign that the tension remains high, the prefect of Guadeloupe has decided to extend the curfew from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m., the application of which expired on Tuesday, until Saturday, November 28.
In Martinique, social protests continue to agitate the streets. A general strike began on Monday. Roads are blocked by numerous roadblocks, forcing schools to close and public transport to stop functioning. During clashes, the police and firefighters were there “received projectiles”, and “9mm shots on several occasions” in the night from Monday to Tuesday, without causing any injuries, according to police sources. The Fort-de-France prosecutor’s office has opened an investigation into these facts.
The protest movement against compulsory vaccination against Covid-19 for nursing staff and firefighters was launched on November 15 in Guadeloupe, with a call for a general strike by a collective of trade union and citizen organizations who are also calling for the rise in wages and social minimums and fall in fuel and gas prices.